Jaume Feliu

New CoRubrics functionality: radar charts

CoRubrics launches new version. Fixes detected errors and adds a new option. Now allows you to display the results in radar charts.

One of CoRubrics’ weaknesses was sending the results to the students. It was difficult for young students, especially in primary school, to understand the numbers in the rubric. This new version includes the option to also send a radar chart.

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Working with Google documents offline

All of us who work mainly in the cloud (in my case, almost exclusively) have heard comments like: “It’s great to have all the information in the cloud, but the day you don’t have the internet you won’t be able to do anything”. This statement has not been true for a long time now, but it’s okay to remember it and see how to set it all up so that we can really work when we don’t have access to the network. In this article we will see how to access documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google format that we have on Drive and how we can work. It is necessary to specify that, for the moment, we can only work with these 3 types of files. Therefore, without connection we will not be able to work with sites, forms, drawings, mymaps, etc.

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Programar el treball per projectes

Fa uns quants anys que intento aprofitar l’aprenentatge basat en projectes a les meves classes i, també, al centre amb projectes interdisciplinaris. Tot i això, com més hi treballo més m’adono que n’he d’aprendre més.

És per això que he decidit anar publicant alguns articles amb algunes de les conclusions a les que vaig arribant. Igual que la resta d’articles que trobareu en aquest blog, en cap cas vol ser referència ni indicar l’únic camí. Simplement pretenc obligar-me a reflexionar sobre el que faig (i això ja és prou interessant, ho llegeixi algú o no) i compartir l’experiència. Sempre he defensat que cal compartir el que es fa a l’aula, ni que sigui perquè altres vegin el que no s’ha de fer mai. Així que aquest article serà molt poc tecnològic.

Però entrem en matèria. En aquest article vull parlar de l’inici d’un projecte: de la seva programació. Certament els projectes són vius i del que es programa al que acaba passant hi ha d’haver diferències. Però a mi sempre m’ha anat molt bé programar els aprenentatges. I, amb més raó, si no només volem treballar continguts. Si volem un projecte amb aprenentatges significatius, on es treballin els continguts però amb la finalitat d’adquirir competències, cal programar-lo bé.

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G Suite Admin Console (4): Configuring the Chrome Web Store

Continuing with the series of articles on the G Suite Admin console, today I will show you how to customize the Chrome Web Store. Students have a tendency to install many extensions, many of them without knowing too much about who made them. This can lead to two major problems. First of all, it may be a security issue, as although Google reviews it, there may be some extension that collects data. The second problem is memory loading and therefore slowness.

In this article we’ll look at how to prevent that students install Chrome Web Store extensions and how to set up your own Chrome Web Store with a selection of extensions. In this way, students are offered extensions that the school has tested and knows are useful. But we don’t force all students to have installed. Each one will add or remove as many as they need at any given time. Attention, if they don’t use Chromebooks, they can always log in to Chrome with a particular gmail user and install the extensions they want.

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Various methodologies, please!

(image by Juan Pablo Bravo, from The Noun Project)

Lately I have seen many schools that presume of working only by projects. I use this methodology (or method, we won’t go into it now) very often. I am in a school where students do projects for a couple of hours each day approximately.

But I don’t understand this habit of saying that everything is done by projects. To begin with, when you scratch a little, questions and shuffle projects (if you have them open), you realize that some parts of what they call projects we call laboratory practices, manipulative math exercises, classical play performances…. a project, as I understand them, has a final product or a clear guiding question and all the research and activities that students do are aimed at getting the product or answering the question. (more…)